Friday, January 11, 2019

The Printing has begun!


After almost 4 years, I am finally able to slowly begin printing my photographic work that I created over this time. Finally! I would like to see one in-life exhibit of some kind in 2019 instead of only online ones. They each have their advantages, of course but my images in print and framed are a sight to behold, more so than staring at a computer monitor or worse, an image that can easily be scrolled past quickly without it getting a second thought.

And speaking of 4 years - it's amazing to think that I am living in France for this long and how quickly time has passed. Mon Dieu! This year, I will receive my 10-year residency card and comme j'apprends encore le français, j'ai fais beaucoup de progrès.

I would lastly like to remind you to subscribe to my newsletter via my site. This month, I am offering a free print for orders over $150 exclusive only to my followers, so go: http://www.annmarietornabene.net/

The free print in question is of this image that I created inspired by my recent trip au Musée de Luxembourg to see the Aphonse Mucha exhibition. I adore his work.






Friday, December 14, 2018

'Tis the End of the Year

The end of 2018 and on to the next. This coming year sees several things. I finally have my printer so I should be finally able to print works and seek out some live (meaning not online) exhibition opportunities. It will also see my 10-year residence card here in France. Looking forward to not having to get a new card every year at least.

I am working on something new right now but in the meantime, you can go to my site and subscribe to my monthly newsletter where I share more news, updates and print sale offers only for my followers.

And here is a new promo video I made with my recent works from the last few years.



Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving

This is the one day that I make mandatory to reflect and see what it is I am truly grateful and thankful for. I have never had an easy life and it has always been filled with more darkness than light until I met my husband Gilles. Now, no matter that darkness is there, he is there to shine his light in every way he can. And it isn't always easy. I can be a difficult person to love and live with - although I will have to say that he can be a huge pain in the ass as well to live with but as a man, a human, my husband, he will always be my love, my soulmate, my one. And if it wasn't for him, I am not sure where I would be right now, psychologically, physically.

I am also thankful to be living in such a beautiful and magical country. Of course the realities are there - the politics, the everyday aspects of life but there is beauty in almost everything that I see around me and the food is not half bad (wink). When I look at the landscapes both in the cities and in the suburbs and countrysides, I see things that I have spent years seeking out in the US. Things that are now within arm's reach.

There are a few other people that are still constant in my life whom I am in touch with whom will always be my closest friends and allies. I can count them on one hand and I am good with that. Others whom I thought were true friends have proved otherwise since even before I moved here so perhaps I can be thankful for seeing that and moving on from it.

So, I take this opportunity to tell you all - no matter how bleak things are - we are in a bad place with modern society - between social media, the political climate, the problems all around the world - look back at your surroundings and your life. I hope that it is filled with love, happiness, health and security for you.

And lastly, as I must promote - if you can support this artist here, remember that there is time to purchase some prints from my inventory sale for gifts or yourself this holiday season. I recommend making your purchase before the 8th of December to insure you get the order in time.

Here is the direct link. Purhases are to be made via PayPal which is absolutely safe and secure!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What is new and a fangirl moment

I believe the only reason I keep this blog up is because I have a link to it on my website. As I do a monthly newsletter now for my followers, I post here for unknown reasons actually. However, why not and I should add the link to my LinkedIn account as well. So, sure, there are reasons.

And for a quick tangent: there were days not too long ago when we were not so connected to these things. I suppose in some ways it is better and one can connect with like-minded people from around the world but it really is a full-time job to try and keep updating everything...and in the end, I ask "does anyone give a ****?" I hope so and I suppose that is what people still do is hope.

I have spent the last several months really taking a look at the work I have created since The Divine Journey and see where I am in my art life. While I have created a new piece here and there, I am thinking I should "stop" for a while. What I mean by that is really do what I can to promote, exhibit what I have already made...maybe even going back to the Rabbitholes and Revelations/Not Wonderland work because although it may have been seen several times in New York, it is where it stopped. Do all artists do this? Create a body of work, promote it a little and then move to something else or am I that impatient that I need to make more work instead of this promoting/exhibiting stuff? I need to slow down even if I am afraid to. Why afraid? Afraid that my work sucks and if it's "all I have" and no one likes it at all, then what?

Ah, but that is not accurate in fact and some news on that which I am a bit "squee" about. Heather Nova - successful singer/songwriter whom I have been a fan of since the mid-90s has gushed about my work and has even inquired about purchasing some! This occurred in a very interesting way. As a fan, I have subscribed to her mailing list on her site, her YouTube channel, Instagram and Facebook accounts. No, I am not stalking her! I keep up with many of my favorite musical artists this way and as stated earlier, we are all connected this way now.

So, back in February, I sent Heather a fan email from an address on her website of her management team basically. I wrote how her music has impacted my life, and how it directly helped get me to where I am today. I also added a link to my website in case she'd be interested in seeing my work. I never expected an answer at all. However, in June, she "liked" two of my photos on Instagram and then 8 months later, several days ago, in fact, I received an amazing response from her first apologizing for taking so long to respond because my mail ended up in the Spam folder of her management team. She then thanked me for sharing my story, about my hardships and how touched she was by my words. Then this:

"I looked at your website and absolutely LOVE your art! Wow!  It really speaks to me. I see you have a similar connection to the natural world. (i often draw and paint, incorporating our animal sides in an acknowledgement of that connection)  I also love how personal  your work is, and how you depict the emotional and spiritual element of the feminine. Really so so special! "

She then asked if the work was for sale. So, yes, I feel a bit chuffed. Even if for some reason, the sales do not happen, I touched someone who has touched me and that makes me feel so wonderful!  

So, with that news, I end this post with a latest image. I haven't titled it yet. 

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Autumn Returns

I have had a very busy traveling summer, this time to the region of Bretagne. I am always so blessed to be living in a country so rich with history and one that does everything to preserve it by a huge amount of restoration projects of their castles, monuments and ruins. And even with the wars and horrors that France endured, what is left are places of romance and wonder with the most beautiful architecture ever seen anywhere in the world.

And Bretagne, or Brittany if you will is the Celtic homeland in France. As the singer Loreena McKennitt has said, the Celts were gypsies and moved to different countries onll originating in Scotland and Ireland. The Breton language is a form of French-Gaelic and just as difficult to spell and pronounce but I am fascinated by the Celts because of their mysterious languages and traditions that the people seem hardened fast to hold on to. I love that so much.

Since I have returned, I have had time to reflect and continue to do so. I am not working on a new project at the moment but have been adding to current series. I am allowing the thoughts to just flow and when my mind and heart feels there is something new, it will come. I have faith in that.

Soon, I will be able to purchase my printer. I should be doing so in November and then I can begin to offer prints of not only certain images, but of drawings that I have made over the last few years.

And speaking of, here is my latest drawing created based on the last image I posted here entitled Nature Morte. I will be offering this as a print.


Soon, my modeling job recommences and another year will soon come to a close. I will make my usual end-of-year post then. In the meantime, I will watch as the leaves fall, feel as the air becomes cooler, smell as everything around readies itself for its Winter sleep.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer musings

2 weeks ago, I was in a few of the most beautiful places here in France. Ok, ok it is difficult to find places that aren't but they do exist as well.

My husband and I went to 4 different places - Vitré, Fougères, the famous Le Mont Saint-Michel and Rennes. I can never tire of seeing such magnificent monuments from the Middle Ages or even newer centuries but all so very rich with history.  I realize so much of the history came with war, suffering and pain but I see them for all of their romantic aspects.  If you click on each town, you will be led to my Flickr albums to see the highlights.


In the meantime, I am preparing for a visit from my best friend back in the US and planning some other day trips with my husband. I wish I could say I have been doing some creating but aside from a little drawing, and a few images here and there, I have one piece I wish to share at the moment on this blog.


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Mon site redesigné - en français et anglais

Mon site web est optimisé et a un meilleur look maintenant.

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N'oubliez pas que j'ajoute les nouveaux (et anciens) travaux photographiques et même souvent des dessins sur mes pages Instagram et Facebook.

Un bel été à vous et à la rentrée.


My website has a sleeker look! Please have a look:

www.annmarietornabene.net

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Also, don't forget that I add new (or old) photographic work and even drawings often on my Instagram and Facebook pages. 

Have a wonderful summer and see you in the Fall!

J'ai pris cette photo au Château de Monte-Cristo. C'etait la maison et l'atelier d'auteur Alexandre Dumas qui a écrit Les Trois Mousquetaires et Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, juin 2018.

I took this photo at the Chateau of Monte-Cristo. It was the home and studio of author Alexandre Dumas who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte-Cristo.